The 2019 Kamloops Kidney Walk recently received $5,000 — the largest single donation to the 10-year event.
The contribution came from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), and Allan Dodds, a CIM member and an employee with Lordco Auto Parts. Dodds' wife is currently in need of a kidney transplant.
“I can’t begin to explain...we’ve had great support in the community,” event coordinator Edna Humphreys tells KamloopsMatters during a cheque presentation Monday (Aug. 19). “With a fairly small community, (the walk) doesn’t raise all that much money, so to have a gift like this, it’s just huge, it’s over the top.”
There are over 13,000 people with chronic kidney disease and 115 that are on dialysis, adds Humphreys.
The funds raised from the walk go toward research and programs.
“We had some funding that we needed to give out and so we reached out to a variety of different groups,” says Dodds. “In this situation, I have a personal interest obviously in a kidney; my wife needs one, so I contacted the kidney walk group and they did the proposal and they got it.”
Dodds notes kidney problems are something his family has had to battle with before; his father-in-law had the same issues.
The fundraising goal for 2019 is $20,000. The walk itself will take place on Sept. 22 at McDonald Park. Participants can register at 10 a.m. with the walk beginning at 11 a.m.
If anyone wants to make a donation to a team or individual, they can visit kidneywalk.ca